- Code PHIL2087
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Philosophy
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Philosophy
- Areas of interest Philosophy
- Academic career UGRD
- Prof Fiona Jenkins
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2022
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The course will primarily study selections from the work of Friedrich Nietzsche, who exercised a huge influence on Twentieth Century philosophy, literature and art. We will look at essential philosophical background as well as important legacies of Nietzsche's ideas. In particular, Schopenhauer’s theory of the ‘world as will’ forms a vital background to understanding Nietzsche’s wide-ranging critique of morality; while Nietzsche's interest in the question of ‘the value of truth’ has had a deep influence on post-structuralist philosophy.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- critically engage with some of Nietzsche's key ideas;
- demonstrate familiarity with some of the critical literature on Nietzsche;
- articulate reasoned views on Nietzsche’s philosophy, supported by close reading and argument; and
- conduct independent research in the area of study, supported by proper notes and bibliography.
- Interpretative reading exercise, 350 words, on Schopenhauer or on Nietzsche. (5) [LO 1]
- Short essay (1300 words) (25) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Contribution to debate 1 (oral, in class, 5 mins or approx 600 words) (5) [LO 3]
- Contribution to debate 2 (discussion board, online 350 words) (5) [LO 3]
- Long essay (2400 words) (60) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures, and 12 hours of tutorials; and, b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsThe Gay Science, Nietzsche (trans. Kaufmann)
Basic Writings of Nietzsche, Nietzsche (trans. Kaufmann)
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